Grimm's Bitsie Tulloch on the Return of Adalind, the Challenges of Juliette's Memory Loss, Her Favorite Wesen, and More!
Q: In the "La Llorona" episode a couple of weeks ago, Juliette describes a childhood that is similar to your own childhood from Spain. How did your back story become her back story? How did that get into the script?
Bitsie Tulloch: Well, David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf have been remarkably, amazingly generous with the cast. Sasha, for example, speaks Russian because his parents are Russian so he speaks Russian and a little bit of French having grown up in Montreal, and they wrote that into it. One of the things I'm really proud of is that the cast is very ethnically diverse and multilingual. Reggie Lee speaks fluent Tagalog. He's Filipino. I speak Spanish because I grew up overseas in Spain, Uruguay, and Argentina. And so when they decided to do "La Llorona," they thought what a wonderful way to have this episode that's incorporating the fact that Bitsie can actually speak Spanish, and we're doing what is basically a South American/Central American and Southwestern United States fairy tale that I by the way had heard. When we lived in San Diego for two years when we first moved back to the States, I had heard of La Llorona because my mom's background is Spanish so I heard it, too.
And so they've just been really great about any sort of skills that we have. I know that they mentioned [asking] Reggie [about] any Filipino or Chinese or Asian fairy tales. So that might happen down the road. And I think that's one of the greatest things about working on the show - that it's very collaborative. I know that going forward into Season 2 at [San Diego] Comic-Con they were saying one of their main intentions for Season 2, and going forward in general, was to make this show as international as possible while still staying true to the original fairy tales, the reason we're here in the first place, which were the Brothers Grimm. But they've always said it was not just about the Brothers Grimm. They always said that it was about fairy tales in general so why not make it international?
Q: In "La Llorona" Juliette meets an older Latina lady who instantly senses that she's torn between two men or whatever and she's almost like psychic about it. Are we going to see that lady again? Could she help Juliette? Or did I read too much into it?
Bitsie Tulloch: I'm not sure if we've seen the last of her. I don't know. She freaks me out though. I think my character would probably be happy to never see her again, but who knows?
Q: When Juliette gets her memory back, is there any chance she'll aid Nick in fighting the Wesen?
Bitsie Tulloch: I have no idea. And if I did, I probably couldn't tell you. I would love to; any time that the character gets to be a badass, I'm a happy camper. I love doing that kind of stuff. It's exciting for me.
Q: There's such great chemistry among all of the cast. How do you guys continue to maintain that?
Bitsie Tulloch: I think a huge part of that has to do with the fact that we're all very close to each other still. We were all out drinking on Saturday night together until the wee hours of the morning; I had gone to a basketball game with David Giuntoli, and we met up with the rest of the gang. And I think, especially being on location and working such long hours, some strange hours too because we work at night a lot, we interact with each other a lot more. Giuntoli lives in my building. Not only does he live in my building, he's two doors down from me. Reggie lives a couple of floors up. We all live in the same neighborhood, and we hang out a lot. So I think the chemistry is just there because we genuinely really like each other.
And I also feel like Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt are such sweet guys - and Todd Milliner and Sean Hayes. Our executive producers are very warm and welcoming. And it's just a really tight cast. The Koufs have a "Grimm" viewing party every Friday at their house. So we're there. I had a huge party for "La Llorona" because I was Live Tweeting "La Llorona," and everybody was over at my place. And I don't know that you necessarily would see that [on other shows]. It's just a very, very close, friendly bunch.
Q: With all of the different types of Wesen monsters, is there one you responded to the most visually or storywise, or is there one that was particularly frightening to you?
Bitsie Tulloch: The one in the episode that airs on Friday - they were super creepy. The cannibal Wesen. The one that I thought was sort of a sexy Wesen was the Mauvais Dentes, the sort of tiger - the saber-toothed tiger creature from Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2. I loved that...
Q: Going forward in this season, will we get to see more of Juliette as a vet, and how might that play into her recovery?
Bitsie Tulloch: I'm not entirely sure because we don't get more than one script out. I personally love shooting anything as a vet because I love animals, and then we always have a lot of stage animals that I get to play with all day long. But so far I think that, as far as my character's concerned, they've been really focusing on this love triangle right now, and so I haven't yet shot any more scenes as a vet. But I've made it very clear to them that I love any time I get to play with furballs.
Q: Do you enjoy, as an actor, playing the darkness of the obsessed Juliette?
Bitsie Tulloch: Yes. I definitely prefer that. You know, it was a very loving relationship. I think I personally had a hard time relating to the way Juliette was scripted Season 1 because she was so patient with him, and I'm very impatient. And I just feel like him acting weird - if he had been my real boyfriend, three days in I would have been like, 'What's going on? You sit down. We're working through this. Don't lie to me. I know something's up.' But Juliette's coming from a place - they've been dating for three years, she knows that he was basically orphaned, and then in Episode 1 or Episode 2 of Season 1 his aunt, who raised him, died. So she's very compassionate and understanding and was sort of just giving him space because she felt like that's what he needed the most. And then she was sort of thinking maybe the aunt, what happened with Aunt Marie, was why he was acting so weird. But yes, definitely having this weird obsession and being under a spell and also dealing with this crazy memory loss has been a lot more fun for me as an actor.